Who gives for overseas development?

Micklewright, John and Schnepf, Sylke V. (2009) Who gives for overseas development? Journal of Social Policy, 38, (2), 317-341. (doi:10.1017/S0047279408002869).


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Individuals’ donations to overseas charities are an important source of funding for development assistance from rich industrialised countries. But little is known about the nature of these charitable donations. The literature on giving focuses on total donations to all causes and does not identify separately the pattern or the determinants of giving to any particular cause. We investigate giving to overseas causes using UK survey microdata that record individuals’ donations to different types of charity. We establish a picture of overseas giving, comparing this with giving to other causes. Socio-economic correlates of both types of giving are analysed, including gender, marital status, occupation, education and, especially, income. We also investigate the relationship between individuals' overseas giving and their attitudes towards poverty in developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0047279408002869
ISSNs: 0047-2794 (print)
1469-7823 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 48329
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:24
Giving to Development
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-155-25-0061)
Led by: John Micklewright
1 January 2006 to 31 December 2008
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48329

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